Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the best-seller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award - also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, we're thrilled to introduce him to America.
The Keeper of Lost Causes, the first installment of Adler- Olsen's Department Q series, features the deeply flawed chief detective Carl MØrck, who used to be a good homicide detective-one of Copenhagen's best. Then a bullet almost took his life. Two of his colleagues weren't so lucky, and Carl, who didn't draw his weapon, blames himself.
So a promotion is the last thing Carl expects. But it all becomes clear when he sees his new office in the basement. Carl's been selected to run Department Q, a new special investigations division that turns out to be a department of one. With a stack of Copenhagen's coldest cases to keep him company, Carl's been put out to pasture. So he's as surprised as anyone when a case actually captures his interest. A missing politician vanished without a trace five years earlier. The world assumes she's dead. His colleagues snicker about the time he's wasting. But Carl may have the last laugh, and redeem himself in the process. Because she isn't dead....yet.
©2011 Jussi Adler-Olsen (P)2011 Penguin
I have already recommended this book (audio and hard copy) to friends. It was a great story, had me hooked from the beginning.
I liked the main detective. He was seemed like a real person.
Loved the accents, I wouldn't have come up with them on my own.
Did not read the print version.
Yes. The plot got deeper throughout the book.
Didn't really have a favorite.
Edge of your seat fantastic!
Probably not. Erik Davies Dutch accent was just horrible! He made them sound like they were mentally challenged. I did like the story very much, but there were times when I was into what was happening and would all of a sudden get lost in some other minute detail about something else, taking me away from the excitement of the story, then took for ever to get back on track. It just seemed a bit all over the place for me. Two cases going on at once? It was a bit confusing. The narration like I stated before did not help at all.
Mareda, the women who one of the main characters, she was a good character. I also liked the assistant in department q. He gave the story some humor and depth.
Only if it was his actual voice, he has a great voice but the accents he tried to do in this book were excruciating. They were horrible, made it hard to enjoy the story.
I would rent it for a dollar, if I wanted something easy and predictable to watch. The whole movie budget would be used for the big finale at the end, that you had been waiting for the entire time.
Get some other person to do the narration who can do an accent better.
Better writing, frankly, as well as better narration though the writing is the foundation.
Not based on this.
Not based on this.
It's not a matter of cutting scenes or editing. The characters were two dimensional and/or unpleasant, crudely drawn. The plot un-original, nothing to grab one's interest. There simply is no compelling or convincing story line here. Other reviewers mentioned the bad Danish accent attempts on the part of the narrator, this might not have bothered me too much if the story had been interesting. But it's true that even in his "natural" American-accented English, the narrator's voice is unpleasantly nasal, flat, and his delivery very sleepy/slow. I'm sorry! I would like to find something nice to say but....
no I never listen to books twice - as soon as I start the whole book comes back and I get bored
Carl because he is so human, maybe flawed but so real
I haven't but I'll look for him again
when Lassa reveal his reasoning and plan...you get a sense of the true psychopath and how limitless their evil realy is...it is like seeing the result of a narcissitic wound and appreciating what truly self involved people are capable of.
Kept me coming back for more, the suspense was good and not predictable.
One of the books I would say was worth the read and I will look for another by this author.
I dont think I would recommend the book, the story is not very engaging
Not really - It was difficult to tell which character he was voicing, made it hard to follow along
The story was well read with names and name places properly pronounced making the listener more present as the story unfolds. Although it starts slowly once you are drawn in the storyline is compelling. Some parts of the book, probably intended as character development for the protagonist, are mostly background noise or filler, such as the antics of the annoying teenager. Overall worthwhile. Would I buy a sequel? Probably not.
interesting main character
The place of the story, few books I have read are set in Denmark. The story itself was a bit much in one way......not to spoil the plot but I did find myself saying oh really!
He gets every name, word, accent spot on.
Starts slow but reels you in. Weird accents add to the charm
Learning the secret of the bad guys
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